Summit Daily News wins 14 awards |

Summit Daily News wins 14 awards

DENVER – The Summit Daily News won 14 awards for excellence this weekend in two state contests.

Organizers announced the winners of the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters (CAPER) and Colorado Press Association (CPA) contests at the CPA’s annual conference in Denver on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Reporter Jane Reuter won second place in the CAPER contest for best environmental writing.

Sports editor Jason Starr won second place for best sports story in the CAPER contest.

Photography editor Brad Odekirk won two awards in the same category – first and third place in the CPA’s best feature photograph contest.

Reporter Reid Williams won two second-place CPA awards, one for best feature writing and one for best deadline writing. Williams, along with photographers Brad Odekirk and Karin Prescott, won a first-place CPA award and first-place CAPER award for best series.

Local pastor and Summit Daily News columnist Rich Mayfield won second place in the CPA best serious column contest.

Reporter Jane Stebbins won second place for best humorous column.

The Summit Daily News’ copy desk took home a third-place award for best headline writing in the CPA competition.

Graphic designer Jenna Fredrickson won a second-place honor for best single-page layout and design.

Fredrickson and design department members Kyle Sterling, Martha Lunsky, Kristin Purdy and Julia Fekecs won a first place for special advertising section.

The Summit Daily News staff also won second place in its class for best newspaper design and layout.

“We’re really proud of these accomplishments,” said Summit Daily News publisher Mike Bennett. “More and more people in the community are taking ownership in the Summit Daily News, and they should feel a part of these awards, as well. That’s the mission of a community newspaper.”

The Summit Daily News competed in the under-10,000 circulation class, which includes other newspapers such as Steamboat Today, the Durango Herald, the Canon City Daily and the Montrose Daily Press.

Bob Brown, president of Colorado Mountain News Media, was honored at the CPA convention as newspaper man of the year in all categories. Ten citizens and employees nominated Brown for the award based on his involvement with community and philanthropy organizations, as well as his dedication to the industry. Colorado Mountain News Media owns the Summit Daily News, Vail Daily, Aspen Times, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Rifle Citizen-Telegram and Glenwood Springs Post-Independent.

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